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PARKER'S 2ND 40-POINT, 10-ASSIST GAME THIS SEASON
Tony Parker broke open a game that was tied after three quarters, scoring 18 points in the fourth as the Spurs won in Atlanta, 102-92, ending the Hawks' eight-game home winning streak (It was Atlanta's longest home winning streak in a single season since a run of 20 straight victories at the Omni during the 1996-97 season.)
Parker finished with 42 points and 10 assists, the second game this season in which he scored 40-or-more points and was credited with at least 10 assists. (He had a 55-and-10 double-overtime performance in a win over the Timberwolves back on November 5.) Only one other player in the Spurs' 33-year NBA history has ever had a game of 40-or-more points and 10-or-more assists, and he only did it once: Alvin Robertson hit those levels in a loss to the Lakers in 1988.
LEBRON REACHES 2,000 FOR 5TH YEAR IN ROW
LeBron James reached the 2,000-point mark for the fifth straight season in Cleveland's victory over New Jersey. The last NBA player to record five consecutive 2000-point seasons was Karl Malone, who did it a record 11 straight seasons beginning with the 1987-88 season. But the last player with five-or-more consecutive 2,000-point seasons this early in his pro career was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who did it in his first five seasons in the NBA (1969-70 to 1973-74). James is in his sixth pro season.
CAVS' STARTERS ALL SCORE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
For only the second time this season, all five Cavaliers starters reached double-figures in points in Cleveland's 98-87 win over the Nets. (Cleveland's only other such game this season came on January 2, when the Cavs downed the Bulls, 117-92.) Now with two every-starter-scoring-in-double-figures games, the Cavaliers are tied with five other teams for the lowest total in the NBA this season.
TAYLOR'S GARDEN DEBUT ONE TO REMEMBER
Rookie Mike Taylor, playing his first NBA game at Madison Square Garden, scored 35 points as the Clippers overcame a 19-point New York lead to defeat the Knicks, 140-135, in overtime. The last NBA rookie to score at least 35 points playing his first NBA game at the Mecca of Basketball was Allen Iverson, who scored 35 in his Garden pro debut in 1996.
DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN
Yogi Berra would have loved it. For the second time this seasonboth times against the Clippersthe Knicks' Al Harrington was called for a technical foul following a dunk that gave his team a three-point lead with less than 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The Clippers hit the technical-foul free throw both times, pulling to within two points, and then Zach Randolph (who started this season with New York) scored the two points that sent each game into overtime, where the Clippers won both games.
For the record, no other NBA player this season has seen his team lose a game after he had been assessed a technical foul with his team ahead in the last 30 seconds of the fourth quarter or of an overtime period. Though we're usually not into predictions, we're saying that Harrington's total of two such games will hold up as the league-leading total.
JAZZ 1-14 ON ROAD vs. TEAMS CURRENTLY OVER .500
With the Suns' 118-114 victory over the Jazz, Utah is now 1-14 in road games this season against teams that currently possess a winning record, with its only victory coming way back on November 11 at Philadelphia. There are seven other NBA teams with fewer that two road wins against teams currently above the .500 mark, but none of them would make the playoffs if the season ended today (the Knicks, Bobcats, Warriors, Wizards, Kings, Grizzlies and Thunder).
WIZARDS: CAN YOU HEAR US NOW?
Verizon Center fans have seen a lot since the building opened in 1997, but not this: For the first time in their current home, the Wizards won a regular-season game in which they overcame a deficit of 20-or-more points. The Bobcats held a 55-35 lead with four minutes remaining in the first half, but Washington rallied to win, 95-93.
BIG OFFENSIVE NIGHT IN DALLAS
The Mavericks pinned the 1,001st regular-season career loss on their former head coach, Don Nelson, beating the Warriors by a resounding 128-106 score and shooting 58.5 percent from the floor. It was the first regulation-length game in which Dallas scored that many points with such a high field-goal percentage since Jan. 23, 1990, when Richie Adubato's Mavs shot 61.2 percent from the floor while drubbing the Washington Bullets, 129-105.
KANE: DEADLY IN THE SHOOTOUT
Patrick Kane scored the deciding goal in the shootout to give the Blackhawks a 6-5 win over the Sharks. Kane has scored on 10 of 17 shootout attempts in his two seasons in the NHL, and his 59-percent shootout success rate is the third best over the last two seasons among NHL players with more than ten attempts. He trails only Colorado's Wojtek Wolski (13 of 18 for 72 percent) and New Jersey's Patrik Elias (8 of 13 for 62 percent).
IS THAT BABCHUK OR BOBBY ORR?
Defenseman Anton Babchuk's power play goal with 6:01 left in the third period broke a 1-1 tie and proved to be the game-winner as Carolina beat Ottawa, 2-1. Babchuk had only four goals in his first 48 games this season but he's scored nine goals in 18 games since then (February 19 to date), the highest total over that span by any NHL defenseman.
A PAIR OF GOALS FROM BACKLINERS
The Penguins beat the Flames, 2-0, on Wednesday with goals from defensemen Kris Letang and Hal Gill. It was only the third shutout win in Penguins history in which all of Pittsburgh's goals were scored by defensemen, and the two previous instances were both 1-0 games: Feb. 4, 1988 vs. the North Stars (Doug Bodger scored) and Jan. 19, 2002 at Edmonton (Janne Laukkanen).
COREY PERRY: ROAD WARRIOR
Corey Perry scored a pair of goals for the Ducks in their 7-2 rout of the Avalanche in Denver. It was Perry's seventh two-goal game over the last two seasons, all of which have come on the road.
AVS BLOWN OUT AT HOME...AGAIN
The Avalanche dropped a 7-2 decision to the Ducks in Denver, after losing its last home game by an 8-1 score (last Thursday to the Oilers). It's the first time since the team moved to Colorado from Quebec in 1995 that the Avalanche has lost consecutive home games, each by a margin of five-or-more goals. The Quebec Nordiques had it happen on two different occasions.
RARE ROAD SCORING DISPLAY FOR WILD
The Wild's 6-2 win over the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum was a rare offensive explosion on the road for Minnesota, which went into the game averaging a league-low 2.1 goals per road game this season. The Wild had scored more than four goals in only two previous road games this season: 6-2 wins at Florida (October 16) and Nashville (November 29).